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Micromosaic - St. Peter's Square, Vatican, Italy attributed to Cesare Roccheggiani
Micromosaic - St. Peter's Square, Vatican, Italy attributed to Cesare Roccheggiani - Curiosities Style Napoléon III
Ref : 109871
32 000 €
Period :
19th century
Provenance :
Italy
Medium :
Micromosaic
Dimensions :
l. 12.01 inch X H. 9.45 inch
Curiosities  - Micromosaic - St. Peter's Square, Vatican, Italy attributed to Cesare Roccheggiani
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Micromosaic - St. Peter's Square, Vatican, Italy attributed to Cesare Roccheggiani

Cesare Roccheggiani (Attrib. to)
Rome, last quarter of the 19th century.

Rare and beautiful micro-mosaic plaque depicting St. Peter's Square in the Vatican.
24 x 30.5 cm

Provenance:
-Sir Francis Neville-Reid at Villa Rufolo di Ravello
-His heirs


Our micro-mosaic plaque depicts a finely detailed panoramic view of St. Peter's Square, composed of tiny tesserae blending together to create a harmonious representation of the famous monument. The cornflower tiles gradually fade to a pale blue, creating an impression of depth all the way to the horizon. St. Peter's Basilica is depicted, framed by Bernini's famous colonnade, with the iconic obelisk at the center of St. Peter's Square, drawing the viewer's eye at once.

Mosaics have a rich history dating back thousands of years. Often used to adorn monuments in ancient Greece and Rome, early Christian structures also used this medium to great effect to embellish ceilings and walls.

Reminiscent of the interior mosaic decorations of St. Peter's Basilica, from the 17th to the 19th centuries micro-mosaics gained in popularity and became synonymous with Vatican craftsmanship, in particular the Vatican Mosaic Workshop, established in 1576.
In the days of the Grand Tour, it became customary for visitors to take home a small piece of their journey, in the form of a micro-mosaic. These micro-mosaics were often small-scale replicas of the altarpieces in St. Peter's Basilica, or representations of the square itself, allowing visitors to capture the memory of their stay at the sacred monument. Proving both easy to transport and extremely beautiful, micro-mosaics were often transformed into jewelry, snuffboxes and small panels as the most precious souvenirs from the 17th to the 19th century.

Our micro-mosaic plaque, depicting St. Peter's Square, can be attributed to Cesare Roccheggiani (late 19th century), one of the most famous micro-mosaic artists of the period, for his fine detail, realism and dynamic composition. Due to his illustrious reputation and talent, Roccheggiani's works became among the most sought-after micro-mosaics of the late 19th century.

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